It's a first for Princes Risborough
PUBLISHED: 03:50 21 June 2012 | UPDATED: 21:31 20 February 2013
Community enterprise takes over day care centre in Bucks town
With a deft snip of scissors on red ribbon, Princes Risborough became the first day care centre in Buckinghamshire to be handed over to a community enterprise.
Three of the 60 regulars at the centre, Paula Salmon, Timmy Tighe and Sasha Gomme, cut the ribbon to the applause of delighted lunchtime reception guests at the centre in Clifford Road.
The newly named Princes Centre, which has been passed by Buckinghamshire County Council to a body of community groups, will provide day care services for the elderly and for people with physical,learning disabilities and mental health issues.
More than this, said Carl Etholen, chairman of the group, it will be open for the whole community to enjoy, whether to have a cup of tea, lunch with family and friends or as a venue to hire for meetings and functions.
County Council Leader Martin Tett said: 'There is a fantastic community spirit in Princes Risborough, and it is because of their eagerness to run with new ideas that we've been able to work together towards this successful outcome, and a first for Buckinghamshire.
The Princes Centre is about local people taking the initiative to deliver local services to meet local needs.
The centre had been run by the Red Cross and the county council, providing a range of day care services. The transfer is part of the transformation of day care provision in the county following a consultation in 2010.
Presenting the centre key to Mr Etholen, Patricia Birchley, Buckinghamshire County Council Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: Today demonstrates the commitment and hard work of the Princes Risborough community over the past two years - real partnership working for the council, the Red Cross and the community.
Mr Etholen said: Today is when the hard work begins. I am very proud to to have been part of this project and would like to thank everyone who has been part of and continues to be part of this fantastic community working in partnership.
The picture shows:Sasha Gomme, Paula Salmon, with scissors, and Timmy Tighe with the ribbon; behind them Gary Hall (Mayor of Princes Risborough), Carl Etholen (Princes Centre Chairman), Martin Tett (Leader Buckinghamshire County Council), Patricia Birchley (Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing; watched by visitors to the centre.